At the 51st District Convention, the elections committee report showed there were more votes than qualified delegates in three precincts. In two of those precincts Faisal Gill won (Lake Ridge and Penn), and in another, Julie Lucas won (Civic Center). When RPV was asked how to address these “overvotes”, their answer was that these precincts should be “thrown out”, because it’s not possible to determine among the ballots cast which were legitimate and which are not. The elections committee chose to disregard the issue of overvotes completely, arguing that had they complied with RPV’s instructions, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome. Well, not quite.
Julie Lucas has been asking for a copy of the credentials committee “check-in sheet” ever since the convention, and Michele McQuigg had been refusing to do so up until last Tursday. You’d normally think that it’s not a state secret to tell someone who was a candidate in a convention who is recorded as showing up there, but McQuigg felt she needed to hear from RPV counsel before doing so. That check-in sheet was turned over, and on Friday it got cross-referenced with the reference sheet used by the elections committee, which shows how many in each precinct were eligible to vote, and Julie’s folks discovered an error. The kind of error that would change the outcome of the convention.
When delegates checked in in the morning, they did so alphabetically. On the sheet covering the “Win” through “Z” portion of the alphabet, there were three delegates checked-in for the Civic Center precinct, but on the elections committee reference sheet, only one of those was recorded. Later on when the elections committee tried to determine where overvotes occurred, they incorrectly included Civic Center because two delegates weren’t included in the count for the Civic Center precinct, giving the incorrect appearance that an overvote happened there when it actually didn’t. Despite about four hours to dig out what went wrong, this wasn’t discovered during the convention, and that’s understandable because it certainly appears that this was nothing other than human error.
Julie appealed to the 51st Legislative District (comprised of Tom Kopko and no one else) and Pat O’Leary to correct this addition error, and they have refused. Not only are they reporting overvotes in their election results, but after being informed of an apparently honest mistake, they are refusing to correct it. How’s that for a fair process?
Why would this make any difference? Because if Lake Ridge and Penn are thrown out as RPV recommended, Julie Lucas would have won the convention and now would be the Republican nominee for the 51st Legislative District. Instead, after being shown documentation about a mathematical error which could put in serious jeopardy the legitimacy of Faisal Gill’s nomination, they’ve put their fingers in their ears and are babbling nonsense. Is there any wonder that the 11th Congressional District Committee might want to evaluate this?
Congratulations to Julie Lucas, the legitimate winner of the 51st District Convention, and the person who rightly should be the Republican nominee for the 51st District in the House of Delegates.
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